Contact Information

IBA Africa Conference
Ghana Bar Association, No. 5,
Haile Selassie St, Accra – Ghana.
info@ibaafricaconference.org

15 - 16 November, 2018

Labadi Beach Hotel
No 1 La Bypass, Accra,
Ghana.

Conference Will Start in

About The Conference

Litigation and Dispute Resolution in Emerging and Frontier Markets: The Case of Africa.
As President of the Ghana Bar Association, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us at the the 2018 IBA Dispute Resolution Conference in Accra, Ghana from the 15th to the 16th of November 2018. This conference is organised by the African Regional Forum and the Litigation Committee of the IBA in collaboration with the Ghana Bar Association. It will be the largest assembly of dispute resolution lawyers in Africa.The GBA in association with the IBA invite you to take advantage of the conference  to network with leading litigation attorneys.
 
We look forward to seeing you in November.

Network

Network with the best and leading lawyers in the continent of Africa

Learn

Learn from the experience of our speakers and guests in attendance.

Discover

Discover new friends, find insights into their capabilities and their experiences

Meet Our Speakers
Justice Nene Amegatcher
Chair, African Regional Forum, IBA
Anthony Forson Jnr.
GBA President
LPD Vice Chair, IBA
Jon Grouf
Vice-Chair, Legal Practice Division, IBA
Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu
Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Abuja
Keith Oliver
Head of International, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, London
Alice Blazevic
Alice Namuli Blazevic
Partner, Katende, Ssempebwa & Co Advocates Kampala, Uganda
Oyinkansola Badejo-Okusanya
Partner, ALP (Africa Law Practice) Nigeria
Dr. Babatunde Ajibade
Partner, SPA Ajibade, Nigeria
Kirsty Simpson
Director, Dispute Resolution Department ENSafrica, Johannesburg
Andrew Moran
QC, Serle Court, Lincoln’s Inn, London
L. Fubara Anga
Aelex Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators, Nigeria
Olivier Laude
Partner, Laude Esquier Champey, Paris, France
Kofi Abotsi
Managing Partner, Axis Legal Solicitors & Former Dean, GIMPA Law School, Ghana

Conference Programme

Day 1, Wednesday 14th November 2018
18:00 to 20:00  - Welcome Cocktail at the Labadi Beach Hotel. There will also be registration at the same time.
Day 2 , Thursday November 15, 2018

08:00-08:30  –            Registration
08:30               –            Welcome Remarks: Anthony Forson Jnr., Host Country Bar President
8:40                 –            Welcome Address: Mr. Justice Nene Amegatcher, Justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana, Chair, IBA African Regional Forum

08:50              –          Litigation Committee Chair’s Remarks: Jacques Bouyssou, Alerion Paris; Regional Representative Africa and Middle East, IBA Litigation Committee

09:00              –         Remarks by Host : Hon. Godfred Yeboah Dame, Deputy Attorney-General
09:10               –         Keynote Address: Jean-Louis Billon, Former Minister of Commerce, Ivory Coast
09:30               –         Introduction to the IBA and IBA Legal Practice Division
Jon Grouf, Partner, Duane Morris LLP, New York, USA (Vice Chair of Legal Practice Division of IBA). 

09:40 – 10:30 –          The Changing Law Firm Model and Litigation
The session will discuss whether traditional litigation practice models in Africa based on the individual litigator, the “chambers” system and solo practice will survive the evolving trend of globalization and growth of specialized practice.

Moderator:    Victoria Barth, ManagingPartner, Sam Okudzeto & Associates, Ghana

Speakers:

  1. Ola Orewale, Partner, Dispute Resolution Practice Group, Aelex, Lagos – Nigeria
  2. Hermann J. Knott,  Partner, Luther Law Firm, Germany
  3. Nana Ama Botchway, Managing Partner, N.Dowuona & Company, Ghana

10:30 – 11:00    –           Coffee/Tea Break

Panel 

11:00 – 12:00    –           OHADA, Foreign Dispute Resolution Centres and Africa

Presentation by Main Speaker followed by Q & A

Main Speaker : Alexis Ndzuenkeu, Magistrate, Head of the Legal Affairs and Communication Department of OHADA

Moderator: Jacques Bouyssou, Alerion Avocats– Paris; Regional Representative, Africa and Middle East, IBA Litigation Committee

Has the advent of OHADA in francophone Africa enhanced the resolution of business disputes?  What are the matters arising and lessons learnt?

Is Africa losing out to foreign dispute resolution centres as a result of the delays in the resolution of business disputes?

Speakers:

  1. Alexis Ndzuenkeu, Magistrate, Head of the Legal Affairs and Communication Department of OHADA

12:00 – 13:00     –      The IBA Guidelines on Party Representation: Should it be implemented in Africa now or in the distant future? 

Moderator: Clément Dupoirier, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP, France

Speakers:

  1. Kizito Beyuo, Managing Partner, Beyuo & Co., Ghana
  2. Zelda Hunter, Associate, White & Case, London, UK
  3. Oyinkan Badejo-Okunsanya, Partner, African Legal Practice, Lagos

13:00 – 14:00  –        Lunch

Topical Issues

Panel

14:00 – 15:30 –              Procedures and the rules of court in a digital world: what is new and what should African lawyers be doing

Moderator:      Dr. Babatunde Ajibade, Partner, SPA Ajibade, Nigeria

Speakers

  1. Lawrence Fubara Anga, Aelex Legal Practitioners & Arbitrators, Nigeria
  2. Alice Namuli-Blazevic, Partner, Katende, Ssempebwa & Co Advocates, Uganda)
  3. Ace Anan Ankomah, Managing Partner, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (BELA), Ghana

15:30 – 16:00   –        Coffee Break

Session 1           –        Prosecuting corrupt officials and chasing stolen cash: Asset tracing strategies and the case of Western Finance Institution and Investment Havens

Moderator: Alexander Troller, Partner, Lalive, Geneva, Switzerland

Speakers:

  1. Keith Oliver, Head of International, Peters & PetersSolicitors LLP, London
  2. Yves Ayong, Cameroun

Session 2        –     Is judicial corruption and incompetence under mining confidence in the Judiciary in Africa?   –

Speakers:

  1. Andrew Moran, QC, Serle Court, Lincoln’s Inn, London.
  2. Mrs. Justice Angelina Domakyaareh, Justice of the Court of Appeal, Ghana

17:30                –           Closing
19:00               –           Conference Party

Conference Programme

Day 3 , Friday November 16, 2018

09:00 – 10:30  –     Plenary

The impact of technology and artificial intelligence – how it is impacting on the law and litigation: Is Africa lagging behind and will it replace litigation or enhance the litigator’s role?

Moderator:  Olivier Laude, Partner, Laude Esquier Champey, Paris, France

Speakers:

  1. Izuoma Egeruoh-Adindu, Research Fellow Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Abuja – Nigeria
  2. Duncan Bagshaw, Stephenson Harwood LLP, London
  3. Kirsty Simpson, Director, Dispute Resolution Department, ENSAfrica, Johannesburg

10:30 – 11:00   –         Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30    –           Panel

The Judgment Project – Lessons in overcoming the challenges of enforcement of judgments and awards in Africa.

Moderator: Clément Dupoirier, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP, France

Speakers:

  1.  Andrew Moran, QC, Serle Court, Lincoln’s Inn, London.

12:30 – 13:00        –              Intellectual Property and technology related litigation – what is required?  Presentation followed by Q&A

Opoku-Edusie,Lecturer, University of Ghana

13:00 – 14:00     –            Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30
     –             Specialized interest litigation Sessions

Litigating construction contracts: basic flaws, lessons and matters arising

Moderator: James Doe, Partner, Head of Construction Disputes Practice, Herbert Smith Freehills London LLP, UK

Speakers:

  1. Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, Justice of Court of Appeal, Ghana
  2. David Ofosu-Dorte, Senior Partner, AB & David

Lecture / Panel

Human rights and public interest litigation

Moderator: Jacques Bouyssou, Alerion Avocats – Paris; Regional Representative, Africa and Middle East, IBA Litigation Committee

Public interest is critical to the survival of any society but is the lack of courts and funding sources driving lawyers away from public interest litigation? What can be done to generate interest?

Speakers:

  1. Chukwuka Eze, Senior Counsel, GE Africa (TBC)
  2. Martin Kpebu, Senior Associate, Fugar & Co
  3. Olivier Chambord, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, London, (TBC)

15:30 – 16:00   –      Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30   –      Plenary – Panel

Moderator: Kofi Abotsi, Managing Partner, Axis Legal Solicitors and Former Dean, GIMPA Law School

Preparing for the future: Will the rise of written advocacy in dispute resolution kill oral advocacy?
Training the future lawyer: Are African law regulators and law schools adopting the right approach to training and preparing African legal practitioners for the digital age?

Speakers:

  1. Justice Jones Dotse,  Justice of the Supreme Court, Ghana
  2. Timothy L. Foden, Partner, Lalive (London) LLP
  3. Thomas Kendra, Partner, Litigation and Arbitration Team, Hogan Lovells, Paris

17:30                –                     Closing

Conference Venue

Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra.

Labadi Beach Hotel, Labadi Beach Hotel is Ghana’s premier hotel, resort and business address. The hotel is renowned for its food and the unique spirit of Ghanaian hospitality.

Labadi Beach Hotel is located within easy access of both the city and the Kotoka International Airport. Set amidst tropical landscaped gardens, overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches, Labadi Beach Hotel is where tourists and business travelers go to meet and play.

Labadi Beach Hotel
No 1 La Bypass, Accra, Ghana.
Tel: +233 302 772 501
Tel: +233 302 772 506
Email: LABADI@LEGACYHOTELS.COM

 

Accomodation

Labadi Beach Hotel / Alisa Hotel

HOW TO MAKE A RESERVATION

Labadi Beach
You will receive a Hotel Registration and Group Code via Email after registering on this website as a delegate. This Code will entitle you to the special negotiated delegate rates of US$ 235.00 (Superior Room) and US$ 275.00 (Luxury Room). Please email the Reservations Desk with your Group Code at labadi@legacyhotels.com and advise them that you are attending the IBA Conference and would like to reserve a room with the special delegate rates.

Visit the Reservations page of Labadi Beach Hotel for more information.

Alisa Hotel

Since 1999, Alisa Hotels continue to invest in a true evolution, delivering panache and truly world-class hospitality with a distinctive new rhythm and style. Our magnificent hotel guestrooms convey a tasteful design of the finest materials from floor-to-ceiling showcasing a sophisticated urban feel with plush picturesque views of the capital.  Inside, impeccable style, spectacular service, and a sense of intrigue defines the experience.

Booking Link: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=69702&group=GBA2018
Booking Code: GBA2018

Alisa Hotels, North Ridge
19 Dr. Issert Street, North Ridge
Telephone:+233 (0)302 214 233
Hotline:+233 (0)577 555 777
E-mail:info@alisahotels.com

Topics Include:

• The Changing Law Firm Model and Litigation

• OHADA, Foreign Dispute Resolution Centres and Africa

• Emerging Procedures and the rules of court in a digital world

• The impact of technology and artificial intelligence on modern litigation

• Asset tracing strategies and the case of Western Finance Institution and Investment Havens

• Litigating construction contracts: basic flaws, lessons and matters arising

• Preparing for the future: Will the rise of written advocacy in the arbitration fora kill oral advocacy?

• Training the future advocate: Are African law schools adopting the right approach to preparing legal practitioners for the digital age?

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Social Programme

Welcome Cocktail:  14th Nov 2018 at 18:00 – 20:00
Conference Party: 15th Nov 2018 at 19:00

Only registered participants and registered guests may attend

Check Out Our Available Tour Packages

Registration is Ongoing
Late Registration Fee.

– Registration after 31st October 2018 will be charged at an extra $50.

Accompanying Guest must pay $60.

– Ticket allows entry to Opening Party upon payment of fees($60)

Participants List

– In order for your name to appear in the list of participants, which will be distributed at the Conference, your registration must be made by 9th November 2018 at the latest.

Lawyer

IBA Member / Non IBA Member
$300
  • Attendance at all Working sessions
  • Conference Materials including any available papers
  • Invitation to Opening Party
  • Lunch on Conference Days
  • Tea and Coffee during breaks
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Young Lawyer

(less than five years experience at the Bar)
$250
  • Attendance at all Working sessions
  • Conference Materials including any available papers
  • Invitation to Opening Party
  • Lunch on Conference Days
  • Tea and Coffee during breaks
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